Alabama woman admits filing false victim's claim

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A Birmingham woman has pleaded guilty to trying to steal victims compensation money.

State Attorney General Troy King says it appears to be the first case prosecuted for providing false information to the Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission with intent to defraud the commission.

Meadow Rush pleaded guilty Monday in Montgomery to knowingly providing false information to the commission and possessing a forged death certificate.

King said Rush falsely claimed to be the wife of Julius Vance, who was shot to death in Birmingham in 2005. She submitted an altered death certificate to the commission and falsely claimed to have paid more than $7,000 in funeral expenses.

Rush is scheduled for sentencing March 12. She could receive one to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000 on each count.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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